Angela Martinez is one of those people you run into randomly on the web searching for low cost freelancers. Our random chance meeting in the summer of 2012 has grown into a professional business partnership.
I first encountered Angela through eLance.com when I needed help with regular inspirational posts for my criminalthinking.net facebook page. Angela was highly professional and very skilled so our partnership expanded beyond the CriminalThinking.net site to small business projects for logo development and beyond. I encouraged Angela to setup shop on a professional website and begin marketing her vast collection of graphics beyond the paid lead sites and her diligence has paid off ten-fold. I am happy to present Ms. Martinez in this Entrepreneur in Action article series since I believe her growing graphic design business will continue to propel her towards the full-time entrepreneurial path!
1. Career influences
Its hard to say who my career influences have been. There has only a person or two who has influenced my career. I find it important to listen to advice and take guidance from others who are knowledgeable and willing to share their experience with me. I really like the idea of being able to support others no matter where you are in your career path.
2. Biggest career success
Gaining over fifty-five clients over the past 8 months. Determination helps drive your business!
3. Recent lessons learned
Hard lessons should not be dwellt on. Don’t get discouraged when you hit a bump in the road. Everyone has to learn from mistakes sometimes. The best thing I have found to do is think positive and try to correct the issue.
4. What inspires and motivates
Nothing motivates me more, then seeing a client get excited by their design in the final stages. Also, listening to music while designing is when I feel most in tune with the design that I am working on.
5. Share a leadership story
In 1996 Mike Hollander established Kidstown Romania. The mission of Kidstown is to help abandoned children living in indigenously-operated Christian orphanages in developing countries so that they may be alleviated of their suffering, have hope for the future, and become productive adults who love the Lord and who will contribute positively to their society. As of 2011, Kidstown is helping to care for 625 children living in 26 orphanages in Romania, India, and Nepal.
This story reminds me that it may be hard to give to others but it is worth the drive. Hard work pays off, in all aspects of life.
6. Your Top Two
Stay open and Honest to each client you work with. It builds trust and their loyalty to you.
Stay motivated..no one but you can achieve your goals.
7. About Angela Martinez
Hi there! I’m a graphic designer from the state of Washington. I’ve been doing graphic design for the past 4 years. My goal is to meet the needs of every client I work with. Designing is a passion for me. I specialize in logos, banners, Facebook ads, brochures and much more.
Angela Martinez, Graphic Designer
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Angela just made a great new logo for me. Nice work. 🙂
Cool! Can’t wait to see it in action. 🙂